'''John Kenley''' (February 20, 1906 – October 23, 2009)
was an American theatrical producer
who pioneered the use of television stars in summer stock productions.
In 1950, he was the first producer to desegregate live theater in Washington, DC.
In 2004 he was made an Honorary Life Member of Actors' Equity for his contributions to American theater. His Kenley Players
company was described by Variety (magazine)|Variety
as "the largest network of theaters on the straw-hat circuit."